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Leif Erikson ~ Leif Erikson's last name is a reference to his father, Erik the Red, who originally planned to travel on his son's famous voyage.

Leif Erikson ~ Leif Erikson's last name is a reference to his father, Erik the Red, who originally planned to travel on his son's famous voyage.

Leif Erikson (970 – 1020 AD) was an Icelandic explorer and the first known European to have discovered North America (excluding Greenland), before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, Leif Erikson established a Norse settlement at location he called Vinland. This location is identified as possibly being located at L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. However, this location is not firm as later archaeological evidence suggests…

The Vikings were some of the only people that continued sea exploration during the Dark Ages. While many societies became less advanced, the Vikings kept moving forward. They were actually the first Europeans to discover North America.

Leif Erikson Day is an annual American observance which occurs on October 9. It honors Leif Ericson, the Norse explorer who brought the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America.

Leif Erikson Day is an annual American observance which occurs on October It honors Leif Ericson, the Norse explorer who brought the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America.

The Vinland map is claimed to be a 15th-century mappa mundi with unique information about Norse exploration of North America. It is gained notoriety with a publicity campaign which accompanied its revelation to the public as a genuine pre-Columbian map in 1965. In addition to showing Africa, Asia and Europe, the map depicts a landmass south-west of Greenland in the Atlantic labelled as Vinland; the map describes this region as having been visited by Europeans in the 11th century.

The Vinland map, a century world map purportedly based on a century original. If authentic, it is the first known depiction of the North American coastline.

Oct. 2012   Oct. 5Cultural Program: Leif Erikson Day Celebration with The Vikings of Bjørnstad, at Viking Hall, 6:30 pm.  The Vikings are one of the most fascinating and recognizable cultures in history - but much of their image is wrong.  This exciting and informative presentation by The Vikings of Bjørnstad will clarify who they were, when they flourished, how they lived, and what influence they had on the world around them.  Authentic Viking-era desserts will be served following the…

Oct. 2012 Oct. 5Cultural Program: Leif Erikson Day Celebration with The Vikings of Bjørnstad, at Viking Hall, 6:30 pm. The Vikings are one of the most fascinating and recognizable cultures in history - but much of their image is wrong. This exciting and informative presentation by The Vikings of Bjørnstad will clarify who they were, when they flourished, how they lived, and what influence they had on the world around them. Authentic Viking-era desserts will be served following the…

Clash of cultures. According to the sagas of Erik the Red and the "Saga of the greenlanders", Leif Erikson lost his course when he was traveling from Norway to Greenland, arriving into "Vinland" which is claimed to be the island of Newfoundland in Canada. Also, they wrote about the "Skraelings" which were probably some Beothuk tribe

Clash of cultures. According to the sagas of Erik the Red and the "Saga of the greenlanders", Leif Erikson lost his course when he was traveling from Norway to Greenland, arriving into "Vinland" which is claimed to be the island of Newfoundland in Canada.

Viking Unit Study During the summer we had read about the Vikings & Leif Erikson & the kids (& I!) were fascinated. This is how the viking unit came to be

Viking Unit Study During the summer we had read about the Vikings & Leif Erikson and we were fascinated. This is how the viking unit came to be

Eric the Red, the fierce red-haired Viking who discovered Greenland about AD 982.   Artist	 Pat Nicolle

Erik Thorvaldsson known as Erik the Red , is remembered in Icelandic saga as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. Icelandic tradition indicates that he was born in Norway. Erik's son was Leif Erikson, the famous Icelandic explorer.

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